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Primroses changing colour?

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 19:06

Hester, I shall attempt that this weekend (if the weather calms a little and I can get out to my pots/borders) and see how they respond.

I shall try and remember to return to this thread in time if there is anything to report.

Primroses changing colour?

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 19:51

Dove, those primroses sound amazing! I've never heard of them having purple leaves. Would be great to see a photo. I also have the same sort of thought about colours fading, though I thought it was more an effect of the sun bleaching them lighter, like it does with coloured paper.

Landgirl, nutcutlet, that is a good thought, as there are the odd little leaf in between some of the flowers. There are still flowers of two different colours coming from close together in each plant though. The top right one has some other smaller yellow-orange buds coming out at the back behind the middle leaf under the red flowers, so I dunno. It's hard to tell when the plants are this size and jostling for space, whether it is one plant or more. The top left one's white flowers are almost certainly from the same plant as the purple flowers though, as they're all coming up through the middle.

Ah, plants, you do confuse me!

Primroses changing colour?

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 16:11

Sorry, nutcutlet, not sure why that posted again. Certainly wasn't of my doing!

Mike, thank you for your comment. Yes, I've heard of hydrangeas changing colour. We used to throw a bucket of rusty water on ours and see them go blue. And of course those atrocious dyed chrysanthemums, they always seem to want to dye them neon colours!

Landgirl, Hester, on some of the plants they are fully out, though not as tall or large as the "right" coloured flowers, mostly they are still buds though.

Hester, it is quite miserable seeing plants neglected on supermarket shelves, I agree, especially when all they need is a drink and they're right as rain. They sell them at a reduced price all because they don't water them. It did make them very easy to bring home though. I could stack the pots on top of one another without risking breaking any leaves or flowers!

Here are some photos so you can see what I mean. The pink fringed one, in the lower right, was the only one that looked fine when I bought it, and you can just see that there are some buds that do have a pink tint to their edges, albeit paler than the older flowers, but there are also some buds that are coming through white as well.


Primroses changing colour?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:50

Pretty sure they aren't dyed, nutcutlet. I certainly haven't been dying the ones that have been thriving in my borders for years. There's no reason I know of that they aren't bred just like any other plant that has non-native colours.

Primroses changing colour?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:36

Absolutely. Also learnt that cyclamen are in the same family as primroses!

I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens with these colour changing plants. If they want to be yellow and white then they are welcome to. Any colour this time of year is good to me!

Primroses changing colour?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:09

Unfortunately, being supermarket plants, they have no identifiers other than "primrose" and the size of the pot (9cm), so there's nothing solid to go on there.

I did just learn about pin-eyed and thrum-eyed flowers though, here, of which I have both. Very interesting! 

Help identifying a plant

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 16:31

Yes, just chop the berries off and you're sorted. Make sure none drop off in the process, as they are designed to!

Primroses changing colour?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 14:49

Pretty sure they aren't dyed, nutcutlet. I certainly haven't been dying the ones that have been thriving in my borders for years. There's no reason I know of that they aren't bred just like any other plant that has non-native colours.

Primroses changing colour?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 14:17

A couple of days ago I rescued some primroses from the brink of death on a supermarket shelf. They'd not been watered and were flat as a pancake, but I knew from the summer drought that all they needed was a good drink and they'd be good as new. I was right, and they are now looking very happy on my windowsill (I will plant them out when digging a hole doesn't create a pond.)

They are nice colours with masses of flowers - orangey-red with yellow centres (like this), and white with pink or purple frills/veins on the edges of the petals, and the standard yellow centre (like this).

But now the new flowers buds are coming through I can see the new flowers are going to be different colours. The red flowers are coming through pure yellow or pale orange, and the purple edged flowers are coming through white... and I don't know why! Did the extreme drought they suffered knock them and they can't muster the energy to have multiple colours? Are they out of nutrients or cramped in their pots? Is it too warm on my windowsill? Am I being impatient and the flowers will change colour with age?

Any advice on this mystery is welcome! Thank you!

Grassless lawn

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 19:11

I'm interested to hear how your research is going, jodieel. I recognise your list of plants as from the grassfreelawns website as I've also been researching with the hope to turn a largely shady, consistently damp, isolated patch of lawn by the front of our house into a grass-free flower lawn.

There's certainly a lot of plants to consider, and then getting hold of them will be tricky as many aren't common garden centre plants, but researching is filling up the winter days when there's not much else to be done garden wise!

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